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Georgetown Hoyas Men's Basketball
The Big Picture:
With 10 freshmen and sophomores on last year’s roster, the Hoyas nevertheless turned in what has been a typical season under coach John Thompson III. The Hoyas finished 24-9, 12-6 in the BIG EAST, and played two games in the NCAA Championship. The Hoyas lose their top three scorers from last year’s club, but most of Thompson’s younger players already have some solid experience and will try to maintain the Thompson level of consistency. A talented group of newcomers should have some opportunities to work their way into the rotation. Maybe more so than most programs, Georgetown has traditionally relied on seniors for production and leadership, but the 2012-13 roster contains no seniors.
Who’s Back:Sophomore Otto Porter averaged 9.7 points and a team-leading 6.8 rebounds as a freshman. His statistics did not reflect the true value of his contributions. A heady young player, Porter averaged nearly 30 minutes per game while making eight starts. Nate Lubick, a 6-foot-8 junior, averaged 3.5 points and 3.9 boards while playing 18.4 minutes per game and starting all 33 contests. In the backcourt, Markel Starks made 25 starts and averaged 7.1 points, mostly at point guard. Jabril Trawick came off the bench at point guard as a freshman. He provided some energy and a 4.3 scoring average. Forward Greg Whittington played 20.1 minutes per game as a freshman. He averaged 4.3 points and 2.9 rebounds. Six-fooot-nine forward Mikael Hopkins (2.4) saw limited action, also as a freshman.
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The Hoyas will miss guard Jason Clark, forward Hollis Thompson and center Henry Sims. Clark was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection while averaging 14.0 points and serving as the team leader, evidenced by his winning the BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award last year. Thompson put up a 12.8 scoring mark while leading the BIG EAST in 3-point shooting, making 43 percent. Sims averaged 11.6 points, 6.0 boards and led the team with 114 assists and 45 blocked shots.
For the second straight season, Thompson has three starters to replace. Porter and Lubick probably will be on the floor together more this season at forward. Hopkins will have the opportunity to become a regular near the basket, though he will be challenged by freshmen Brandon Bolden and Bradley Hayes. In the backcourt, Starks may slide into a full-time starting role at the point with Trawick continuing to back him up. At shooting guard, freshman D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera may get a long look to become a starter. He is the Hoyas’ most heralded newcomer.